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Breaking Down The Wine Classification System of France

The French appellation system is made up of 3 tiers. Vin de France. IGP (Indication géographique protégée) AOP (Appellation d’origine protégée) Each tier comes with increasingly stringent requirements, but in many cases, comes with the benefit of increased name recognition. The Vin de France level comes with very few requirements, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Many outstanding producers use the Vin de France title when they want to experiment with new varieties or winemaking styles that would otherwise not be allowed. The IGP level covers wines made from specific geographical areas and with slightly tighter rules than the […]

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